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Old    MIKE O (batman)      Join Date: Nov 2001       06-17-2007, 8:36 PM Reply   
Just installed an auto ballast, but water back siphons, so anybody know where to get check valves to stop this? I need three.
Old    Chris Watson (watsoc)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-17-2007, 9:30 PM Reply   
you can get them at home depot. Ask for low -back pressure vaulves and ake sure you install them cap up and you should be good to go.
Old    Sam Aikele (atropine)      Join Date: Aug 2004       06-18-2007, 3:43 AM Reply   
On the fill lines or the empty lines? Or are you using a 2-way pump so the fill and empty lines are the same line? If it is only on the fill lines, then what Chris said is true. Just get some cheap $3 check valves at Home Depot and pop them in the middle of the line. If you are also siphoning out through the drain lines (like I was on my Malibu) you will need to buy some electronically-actuated valves that open when the drain pump is turned on. I got some from STC valve Co. in California for about $60 each.
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       06-18-2007, 9:08 AM Reply   
I got mine here:

get Swing Check, not Spring Check valves. The swing valves have a simple flapper that lets the water flow in one direction. Spring Checks are pressure activated and would not be good for most ballast pump systems.


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